Restoration

Dental Implants

Tooth loss can be devastating on your ability to eat and speak comfortably, and smile confidently.

There are other ways to replace missing teeth, but implants are considered the gold standard for closing the gaps in your dental arch.

Titanium-based screws are placed in your jaw bone, which then supports a crown, replicating the appearance and function of your own tooth in the most natural way.

The Treatment Journey

Smile Consult

The dentist will assess your dental health, including the gums, and will ascertain what the impact of the gap, or gaps, have on your aesthetic and functional needs. They will also take some x-rays, and a CT scan, before discussing the options available to you.

Implant Placement

The dentist will have done a great deal of work behind the scenes to plan your implant placement visit, including exactly where and how the implant will be placed in your jaw. The procedure involved in placing the implant in your jaw needs to be conducted in a surgically sterile environment, so the room will be set up to resemble the surgical theatre on your visit but that is to ensure that the procedure is conducted at the highest level of cleanliness. The procedure can take up to 90 minutes but may take longer if a bone graft or sinus lift is required, or if multiple implants are being placed.

Crown Placement

The implant screw is left to heal in your jaw for between 3 and 6 months. This is to ensure the bone attaches to it as well as possible before the load of a tooth is placed upon it. An attachment above the gum to the screw, which is below the gum, and a crown is then placed upon this attachment. This part of the process may take 2 visits.

FAQs

Yes, many patients wear full dentures and have no natural teeth to support them, which leads to a daily struggle to keep the dentures in place. This can lead to an inability to eat and enjoy all the food they want, but also leads to discomfort in social situations because they are worried their dentures will move or fall out. Implants can be strategically placed in the jaw, with special attachments above the gum upon which to fix the dentures so they no longer move and are held firmly in place.

Bone shrinks in the area a tooth is removed and over time, it can shrink back so much, that it is not plentiful enough to place an implant in and be sure it will in turn provide the strength it needs to for the crown. We can place a bone graft to add and regenerate bone in the area for the implant before placing the implant.

From implant placement to having an actual tooth in place, it can take between 3 and 6 months. This time allows the implant to integrate with your bone. In very few cases, a tooth can be placed immediately upon an implant but your dentist will advise you if you are suitable for that. During the time it takes for the implant to settle in your bone, we can provide you with a temporary bridge or denture so you do not have to cope with a gap.

They cost from £2500, but the dentist will put together a bespoke plan for you which will give you a full breakdown of costs before you commit to treatment. It will depend on the number of implants being placed and what additional procedures, like a bone graft, are needed.

Yes, we do. By offering you an easy and flexible finance arrangement, which can be interest-free to suit you, the cost of treatment can be made much more manageable. We want to make this as affordable as possible for all our patients so our treatment coordinator can go through all the finance options available to you when you come in for your visit.

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